Re: Culturally Sensitive Xmas
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Wed, 11 Dec 1996 15:01:03 -0600
We don't have a "Christmas" Party, but rather a "Holiday" Party.
The party consists of pizza, pop, an optional gift exchange, and a movie.
This year we will be watching "Independence Day" which narrowly beat out
"Mission Impossible" in the voting. The pizza will be Little Ceasar's
"Pizza by the Foot" in a variety of toppings so each can choose their
What holiday are we celebrating? Give kids pizza, pop, and video any
time of the year, and it's an instant holiday.
We are a college town and have all religions and many international
students. We've had in the past representatives of Jewish, Moslem, Hindu,
B'Hai, Bhudist, and a vast variety of Christian denominations. Still, at
any one time we are 95% Christian.
The boys plan out THEIR party.
The party is not "politically correct", it is "boy correct". Everyone is
having too much fun to feel slighted or excluded. These kids know how to
You can look at the differences in the group and work not to offend, or
you can seek out their common interests and watch them plan to have a blast.
Either way will get the job done, but one may be more productive than the
other. It depends on your goal for the event. For us the end product
we seek is fun, in Scouting terms we call it "team building".
Keep it simple, make it fun. The rest follows.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
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